EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Überland Str. 129, 8600 Dübendorf
EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology   link
Location: Dübendorf, Thun, St.Gallen
Discipline: Materials Science

Empa is a materials science and technology research institution. It belongs to the ETH domain and as such is an important element in education, science and innovation in Switzerland. It specializes in applications, focused research and development, and provides high-level services in the field of sustainable materials science and technology. Its core tasks are innovative collaboration with industry and public institutions, ensuring the safety of people and the environment, knowledge propagation and university-level teaching.

Materials Science - Innovation - Sep 9
The European research initiative BATTERY 2030+ is now getting going. The ambition is to make Europe the world leader in the development and production of the batteries of the future. These batteries need to store more energy, have a longer lifetime, and be safer and more environmentally friendly than today's batteries in order to facilitate the transition to a climate-neutral society.
Health - Pharmacology - Sep 8
Health - Pharmacology

Efforts are being made worldwide to combat the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Vaccines and protective masks are of prime importance. Empa researcher Peter Wick, Head of the Particles-Biology Interactions Laboratory in St. Gallen, talks to Empa Quarterly about recent antibody studies, which are crucial for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the next generation of textile protective materials that inactivate or even kill corona viruses.

Environment - Materials Science - Sep 3
Environment - Materials Science

The SDG Award 2020 of the Swiss Green Economy Symposium goes to a team from Empa and ETH Zurich led by Ingo Burgert and Tanja Zimmermann. The award recognizes the achievements of the researchers in the field of sustainable building with wood.

Materials Science - Innovation - Aug 20
Materials Science - Innovation

Aerogel is an excellent thermal insulator. So far, however, it has mainly been used on a large scale, for example in environmental technology, in physical experiments or in industrial catalysis.

Materials Science - Environment - Jul 17
Materials Science - Environment

Lithium-ion batteries contain salts rich in fluorine, which decompose in humid air to toxic, highly corrosive hydrogen fluoride. The hazardous nature of this substance makes recycling more difficult and more expensive. A research project entitled "Fluoribat" is now being launched at Empa to solve this problem. This could help to make the life cycle of a rechargeable battery less expensive and at the same time safer.

Physics - Materials Science - Jul 10
Physics - Materials Science

Topological materials are a new class of materials that could enable completely new types of electronic components and superconductors. In topological materials, electrons can behave differently than in conventional materials. The extent of these "exotic" phenomena depends on the so-called Chern number. New experiments have now shown that the theoretically predicted maximum value of the Chern number can be reached and even controlled in a real material.

Physics - Materials Science - Jun 25
Physics - Materials Science

With an X-ray experiment at the European Synchrotron ESRF in Grenoble (France), Empa researchers were able to demonstrate how well their real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams works. With almost 90 percent reliability, they detected the formation of unwanted pores that impair the quality of weld seams. Thanks to a special evaluation method based on artificial intelligence (AI), the detection process is completed in just 70 milliseconds.

Research Management - Materials Science - Sep 3
Research Management - Materials Science

Two talented young researchers at Empa will be given the opportunity to develop their own research area over a five-year period with the help of an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council: Marianne Liebi and Bruno Schuler are both concentrating on the investigation of nanostructures - but their research activities are going in two completely different directions.

Environment - Materials Science - Aug 27
Environment - Materials Science

Blue-green algae are among the oldest living creatures on Earth and have perfected the use of sunlight over billions of years. Empa scientists have now equipped these humble unicellular organisms with semiconductor coatings to create mini power plants, which supply biofuels and are photocatalytically active in sunlight. And what's best: The chemical reactions are circular - they form a sophisticated raw materials cycle.

Health - Materials Science - Aug 11
Health - Materials Science

In order to combat bacterial wound infections, Empa researchers have developed cellulose membranes equipped with antimicrobial peptides. Initial results show: The skin-friendly membranes made of plant-based materials kill bacteria very efficiently.

Environment - Transport - Jul 16
Environment - Transport

The think tank Avenir Suisse today presented its latest publication entitled "Sustainable Powertrain Technologies". The key message is clear: an openness towards different technologies is needed to achieve the climate goal of "net zero" - meaning CO2 emissions - by the year 2050. Among the authors are Peter Richner and Christian Bach from Empa.

Materials Science - Electroengineering - Jul 2
Materials Science - Electroengineering

Researchers have succeeded in applying aerogels to microelectronics: Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range - and they are unrivalled in terms of weight.

Materials Science - Economics - Jun 24
Materials Science - Economics

The circular economy is gaining a foothold in more and more areas: Some have already established business models, in others it is only visible in visionary pioneering projects. Where are the hurdles to a functioning circular economy, and how can they be overcome? Questions like those were discussed among the participants of the CE2 Lab on 23 June 2020 organized by the Swiss Economic Forum, Empa and the Swiss National Research Program "Sustainable Economy" (NRP 73).

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